Todays Tech Headlines

Twitter agreed to demands by the Indian government to censor tweets critical of its handling of the pandemic. The firm censored tweets from a member of parliament, an actor, a former journalist, and West Bengal’s minister of labor and law.

2. A mysterious Florida internet firm took over millions of Pentagon IP addresses minutes before Donald Trump departed office. The company was identified as Global Resource Systems LLC, with headquarters in Plantation, Florida.

Clubhouse has reached a turning point. The audio-only app’s downloads are declining, and other platforms are launching copycats – leaving many to wonder what its future holds. 

4. Elon Musk said a Tesla on Autopilot is 10 times less likely to crash than the average car – but experts say that’s misleading. Electric vehicle specialists say Tesla’s statistics lack context and have some fundamental flaws. 

5. A glimpse into Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens shows a culture unchanged from his time at Uber. Kalanick refused to change “Happy Ending” branding for an Asian restaurant menu item, despite employee complaints over racism and misogyny. Plus, leaving work at 7 p.m. elicits jokes that you’re a “part-timer.” 

6. After a child died in a Peloton accident, US lawmakers push for new product recall powers. The bill comes after regulators asked Peloton to recall its Tread+ treadmill, deeming it unsafe. Peloton declined. 

7. 4chan founder Chris Poole has left Google after five years and several job changes. Poole joined in 2016 as a product manager in the photos and streams team, and hasn’t said what he’ll do next.

Barefoot, mullet-clad Elon Musk announced a $100 million XPrize Carbon Removal contest. Participants will create a project to rebalance the Earth’s dangerously high carbon-emission trends, he said. He also talked about Mars travel – and said it’s not just for the rich.

9. After a near-death caused by the pandemic, Rover is going public at a $1.35 billion valuation.The dog-walking startup was nearly decimated by stay-at-home orders – but a surge in new pet ownership has caused bookings to increase to near pre-pandemic levels. 

10. $9 billion-plus Tanium hired a new CFO to assess the possibility of holding its IPO. The 14-year-old startup has debated going public for years, and CEO Orion Hindawi told Insider that Tanium’s new CFO is assessing IPO readiness.

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